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    Summary

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.

    The CDC Public Health Associates Program (PHAP) for Recent Graduates is a CDC workforce development program that provides opportunities for promising, future public health professionals to gain broad experience in day-to-day operation of public health programs. The goal of PHAP is to attract exceptional candidates, with a minimum of bachelor's degree into careers in public health. Upon completion of a two-year training program, Associates are eligible for conversion to an entry-level career as a CDC Public Health Advisor. Associates may also be eligible to apply for positions in public health operations at the local and state levels.

    To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree completion.

    Veterans precluded from applying due to military service obligation have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. This period may not be extended beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic study towards fulfilling a degree.

    These positions are located with the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, Office of the Director, Public Health Associate Program Office.  The exact location of each position will be determined upon selection.  Applicants must be willing to relocate to host sites.

    Multiple selections may be made within the same geographical location.

    CDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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    Responsibilities

    As Public Health Advisor you will:

    • Serve as a trainee receiving formal and on the job training designed to familiarize you with the functions and operations of basic public health concepts, principles, and techniques.
    • Work with selected public health projects or portions of a larger public health project that is typically of limited complexity.
    • Perform duties related to the development, extension, and improvement of health care systems.
    • Interview individuals to obtain information.
    • Disseminate materials and information.

    The essential duties of some positions require possession of a valid driver's license and personally owned vehicle.  Applicants with foreign language skills are encouraged to apply, some host sites require candidates with foreign language skills.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 5% Travel

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    09

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Recent Graduates-Pathways

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship or legal residency is required.
    • Background investigation required.
    • Current transcripts are required for all applicants.
    • Official transcripts with degree conferred required if selected
    • A school enrollment verification form is required for current students

    Conditions of Employment:

    1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    5. PHAP has a two year trial period before eligibility into the competitive service. Conversion is not guaranteed.

    6. Travel, transportation, and moving expenses will be paid: No

    7. Bargaining Unit Position: No

    8. Drug Screening Required: No

    9. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

    10. Promotion potential: Yes.  This position has promotion potential to GS-9. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your meeting qualifications and time-in-grade requirements, demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and administrative approval. Promotion to the next grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

    Qualifications

    GS-05: Applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree within the past 2 years or will have earned a bachelor's degree by July 1, 2016. Candidates still enrolled in school must provide a transcript and school enrollment verification detailing the anticipated degree completion date. Applicants applying as a recent graduate must supply a transcript with the degree conferred.

    Veterans precluded from applying due to military service obligation have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. This period may not be extended beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic study towards fulfilling a degree.

    Education

    Applicants pending degree completion from a 2016 graduating class. Degree must be confirmed by July 1, 2016.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:http://wwwdev.cdc.gov/employment/newhire/foreigned.html

     

    Additional information

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

    For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

    A Pathways Program Participant must be a United States Citizen to be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service. For positions that require certain levels of security clearance, United States citizenship is required.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). You do not have to respond to the KSAs separately but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the KSAs.

     

    Knowledge of oral communication techniques

    Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques to capture data.

    Knowledge of written communication

    Knowledge of interpersonal practices

    In addition to completing your assessment all referred candidates will be required to complete a personal statement. Failure to complete both the assessment and the personal statement may be excluded from consideration.

    Applicants applying to this vacancy must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Grade point average must be identified on college transcripts or list of courses.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete,do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1567790.

    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 08, 2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

    2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

    3. Other supporting documents:

    - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

    - Documentation of Legal U.S. Residency, if applicable

    - Proof of Education: Transcripts required

    - For recent graduates you must provide a transcript with degree conferred

    - School Verification Form: (if pending degree completion in addition to a supplying a transcript)

    http://www.cdc.gov/employment/pdf/SCHOOL_VERIFICATION_FORM.pdf

    Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

    For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 08, 2016.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 08, 2016 to receive consideration.

    * To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    * Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    * It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    * To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    * To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    In addition to completing your assessment you will be contacted by email if referred to complete a personal statement. Failure to complete both the assessment and the personal statement will result in removal from further consideration.

    All referred candidates will be notified by phone and/or email to complete a personal statement with the following information:

    1.     What are your goals after completing the PHAP program?

    2.     How would PHAP help you fulfill these goals?

    3.     How will PHAP complement previous training or experiences?

     

    Agency contact information

    CDC HR HelpDesk

    Phone

    (770)488-1725

    TDD

    866-539-4484

    Email

    HRCS@CDC.GOV

    Address

    HHS CDC Center
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA
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    Your next opportunity could take you around the world.  Careers at CDC, "Saving Lives, Protecting People"

    As a global leader in public health, CDC is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.

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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

    You will receive notice via email of your referral status, (generally 4-6 weeks).

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a Case-by-Case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/422828500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.